Review : Gavin Rossdale - Wanderlust
LatimesTHE PAIRING of Weezer and producer Rick Rubin seemed like a no-brainer, but their first issue, 2005's "Make Believe," lacked the hoped-for chemistry between L.A.'s nerd-rock kings and a studio guru who has brought out the best in Johnny Cash, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Neil Diamond.
Here's to hanging in there. Though it tails off toward the end, the second Weezer-Rubin collaboration (and the band's third self-titled album, out June 3) is a rush, starting with a sustained, four-song soliloquy on pop music's allure....full text
AllmusicScared that his celebrity couldn't sell Institute, his post-Bush post-grunge back to basics band, Gavin Rossdale retreated to his own name for his 2008 solo debut, WANDERlust its very important capitalization unwittingly bringing to mind the spelling of DAUGHTRY, the band -- or perhaps it wasn't so unwitting, as on his own Rossdale pursues a buffed and bland soft grunge designed to appeal to the broadest possible audience....full text
BlenderMan, what some dudes will pull just to get out of diaper duty. “Sorry, Gwen—you change the sprog’s nappies; I’m in the middle of singing a sensitive ballad called ‘Beauty in the Beast,’ my response to the solo career you launched with such jaw-dropping success that I am driven to the edge of despair trying to emulate it. That’s the trouble I’m in. Hey—song title!” Gavin Rossdale was one of the ’90s’ crucial rock loverboys, back when Bush was an unjustly bashed British band instead of a justly-bashed president—he defined grunge erotics with the choked growls of “Swallowed,” “Glycerine” and “Machinehead....full text
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